LaSalle died at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville on Monday at the age of 78. She’d dealt with illness for an extended time.
She was known for such R&B hits as “Trapped by a Thing Called Love” and “Now Run and Tell That.” She was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Music Hall of Fame in 2015 and had recently branched into the gospel genre of music.
She’d planned to open the Denise LaSalle Blues Academy of Performing Arts in Jackson and was still working to achieve that.
Walter Reid, who had worked with LaSalle since age 19, said it didn’t matter if it was a visitor to her restaurant, a person attending one of her concerts or someone who simply knew who she was, LaSalle wanted to make sure everyone she came into contact with had a good time.
“I remember one time this couple came in from the United Kingdom to the restaurant and had Denise LaSalle T-shirts, and they’d met her one time before and wanted to meet her again,” Reid said. “But she wasn’t here. She was in Memphis.
“But we called her up, and she talked with this couple for a little while. She was that nice to everybody. We’ve definitely lost a good one with her passing.”
Funeral arrangements for LaSalle were incomplete as of Tuesday afternoon
-The Jackson Sun